Health and safety backing for gritting

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Derbyshire County Council has received national backing for its gritting plans.

In a letter to the council, Judith Hackitt, chair of the Health and Safety Executive, endorsed the council’s moves to encourage communities to help grit and clear roads.

She said: “Clearly there is a lot more common sense in Derbyshire. We may need many more authorities to be encouraging residents to do the responsible and neighbourly thing. There is no health and safety reason for them not to.”

And she went on to say: “You are setting an example we would love to see other authorities follow.”

Last week villagers in Middleton-by-Wirksworth spoke out against the plans, saying cutting gritting would leave them isolated.

Council cabinet member for highways and transport Simon Spencer, said: “We can’t do it all. We need local people, parish and town councils, farmers and contractors to support our gritting and snow clearing operation. It’s good to hear the HSE confirm there is no health and safety reason for them not to.”